Last week the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) announced the upgrade of its dedicated link from Amman, Jordan, to its PoP in London, from 155 Mbps to 1 Gbps. This step has paved the way for the Jordanian University Network (JUNet) to re-connect to GÉANT, thus providing Jordanian universities access to R&E resources in Europe and the rest of the world. The international capacity injection is provided through the EU-funded EUMEDCONNECT3 project which supports international R&E connectivity for the Eastern Mediterranean region, including also Lebanon and Palestine.
JUNet’s agreement with ASREN was signed on 27 September in Amman in the presence of Dr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh, Chairman of ASREN, Prof. Ali M. Qaisi, Chairman of JUNet, and Mr Sami Smeirat, Deputy CEO of Orange.
JUNet now has again direct access to the global NREN infrastructure. In the past, JUNet had participated in the first two phases of the EUMEDCONNECT programme, but had been without dedicated international R&E capacity since 2011.
The reconnection was welcomed by the Jordanian R&E community, in particular by SESAME – the first synchrotron radiation facility in the Middle East which was officially unveiled earlier this year.